Battle of the Liquid Lips

Hey friends!

I know I disappeared again. Let’s not talk about it.

Over the summer, I talked about these lip colors from Wet N Wild. I did swatches and reviews of each color that I had. You might know, that liquid lipsticks became a game changer in my makeup life. Before then I didn’t wear lipstick because I had the tendency to rub my lips together and rub them off very quickly. Since then, I have tripled my lipstick collection and I wanted to talk about the other ones I got and how they compare to the Megalast Liquid Lips.

For awhile I was content with my six shades I had until… I saw an Instagram video of the Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuits. The colors available were so stunning that I was on a hunt for them. I ended up with another six shades when all was said and done.

Since I’m being as lazy as humanly possible doing this post, above is the my collection from that line. I have Nudie Patootie, Rebel Rose, Pink Really Hard, Coral Corruption, Give Me Mocha, and Goth Topic. As it says in my pictured Instagram post, I don’t like Nudie Patootie. It doesn’t work with my skin tone. I’m pale so this color just makes me look like a corpse. I love all the other colors though.

So, if you recall I mentioned the Megalasts are definitely long-wearing. However, if you do need to reapply, you  need to be very careful as they do get clumpy. But they don’t transfer and they don’t fade quickly so you may not even need to.

Well. The Catsuits work a bit differently. I will say this. They are not as long-wearing even though they’re technically part of the MegaLast line. They’ll last for awhile but they do fade, and their weakness is totally food and drink. The trade-off here is that they reapply really well. When you go to touch them up, they don’t go on clumpy and they’re nice and even. I almost kind of prefer that. Not sure why. The color selection is this line is amazing too. There’s a good range of color between nude to bold to choose from. I think they are only a dollar more than the original Megalasts which still puts them around $4.

Next up, I really wanted to try the liquid lips by ColorPop. I found a mini set of the Ultra Matte Lips called “Foxy” for $18. If I’m being completely honest, I would not buy a mini box set again because they are really tiny for what you pay. Especially considering a full sized one is like $5 (maybe 6?) so you might as well just buy the full sized ones. The set came with 5 mini Ultra Matte Lips.

I have Clueless, Tulle, Creeper, More Better, and Beeper, as it says above. All of them are really pretty colors. But I think Tulle is pretty close to Give Me Mocha from the Catsuits so I usually reach for Give Me Mocha instead. I love Clueless as a natural lip and I would totally buy the full size if I run out. The minis are difficult to work with because the wand is so small. I added all of these to my “emergency makeup kit” which is the upside of having the minis. More Better is really unique, and is what drew me to the set to begin with. I would definitely look into getting more of these in the future, maybe not right now. The formula seems to have the best of both worlds from my two different Wet N Wild ones. They’re quite long-wearing, but they also reapply smoothly. Some colors passed the kiss transfer test and some didn’t, I don’t really remember which ones were which.

And now it’s time for me to disappear into the night for another two months. I mean, I’m really going to try not to, but we all know I will.

What’s your favorite affordable liquid lipstick?

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♥J

2017, Here I Come

Oh 2016. The year that took way too many celebrities. Including my goblin king. 😦

We certainly are happy to see you go, 2016.

For me personally, 2016 wasn’t all bad. After months of waiting Grizz and I finally bought our house this year so that was pretty awesome. And NYE was great as always. It was actually super relaxing to be able to ring in the new year with my close friends. I love them all and they make my heart happy. ❤

Last year, (I think) I broke my habit of not making New Year’s resolutions and made five. I only kept one. I promised myself anytime I would buy new clothes I would donate others that I don’t use. And while I didn’t do a whole hell of a lot of clothes shopping this year, I did that. The only exception is when I bought a set of cardigans, mainly for work. Because I really needed those. But I’m putting together a Good Will box, mostly with toys and stuffed animals, but clothes as well. So I’ll be making up for that anyway.

I had also promised myself to designate time to practice Photoshop, be more organized, and be better about cleaning, and blog more.  The Photoshop thing happened at first, but once my winter break was over, it went out the window. And everything else, I was just kidding myself. I mean, I’ll try again with that stuff but my main goals for this year are a little more vain. I mean, they may seem that way.

I’ve learned a lot about makeup over that past few years, and I’ve definitely branched out from where I started. My goal is to save money and treat myself to more high end products. Actually my goal is to be better about saving money in general. For one thing, this time next year I want to feel better about the winter break. So I want to  make an effort to really save enough to help supplement during that time. But also, I want to be able to really work on a wardrobe that suits me. A few years ago, I wanted to start following a pastel goth style and I never really did. But starting now I want to really involve myself in making my style be what I want it to be. Albeit, it’s probably not really pastel goth I want to chase anymore. I just want a style that outwardly reflects my personality. I just want to learn how to really be me, inside and out.
I really wish I took the time to photograph my look for NYE. I did a pretty eye look that turned out amazing. Maybe I’ll recreate it for something.

My photo goals are still the same. I would really like be great at Photoshop and work on shooting projects for myself. All that stuff has been neglected so I really want to take some time to practice my skills again.

As for blogging more, it is what it is.  I don’t think I’ll ever be a frequent blogger. So. That’s fine.

Anyway. How was your year? Are you happy it’s over? What did you do for NYE?

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♥J

P.S. Are you interested at all in what I got for Christmas? Those kinds of things seem kind of braggy, but if anyone wants to see, I would do it. Lots of Pokemon related things happened.

The Elusive Wet N Wild Rainbow Highlight

Hey! Hello! I’m trying to do the blogging thing now that I’m not working, but with the holidays coming up (and the fact that we’re hosting 3 of 4 parties) it’s been hard to do/come up with stuff.

I was going to do this differently. There were going to be swatches. But I think it might be difficult to do. Now instead, it’s just a quick review. Well anyway.

Remember on Instagram when everyone was going crazy for the rainbow highlight? There were videos of people dipping it into their brushes and then you can see the rainbow powder on your brush? Yeah, those. They were magical. They were impossible to acquire. They were expensive. Well, Wet N Wild Beauty jumped on that cash train and made their own. I see after another Instagram search that many brands are creating their own. That’s really cool.
But one super awesome thing about Wet N Wild is their price point. Beauty on a budget is my game and they’re the best at it, in my opinion. So their rainbow highlight is a whopping $5.

It’s no wonder these FLEW off the virtual shelf. That’s right, an online exclusive. Every time they updated their Instagram to say they were back in stock, they’d be gone by the time I got to it. So it took awhile but I finally snagged it.

I wanted to give this a fair shot before I came on here to review it, because it wasn’t all that impressive at first. So I’ve worn it a few times. So I think I have a nice fair opinion of it now. I’ve worn it on my bare skin, I’ve worn it with a primer, I’ve worn it with foundation.

I will say this much, if you are expecting this to be “BAM, rainbow on my face!” you will be disappointed. I’ll admit, I was at first. But if you really think about the practicality of wearing a straight up rainbow on your face, it’s probably a good thing.  My goal in life is to be a rainbow, so I guess I forget sometimes that you can’t walk around with a rainbow on your cheekbones. Anyway, if you dig deep enough you can do that cool thing with the rainbow powder on your brush. But you probably don’t want to dig around in your highlight for days.

Now as a highlight itself, this is a really great product. I’ve always heard good things about their color icon blushes and highlights and this lives up to it. So, girl, if you want your highlight to be seen from the heavens, this will do it. If you want a subtle rainbow pigment to your highlight,  you can make it happen but it requires digging and scraping, and that’s just too much.

But overall, I give it two thumbs up. It definitely works well as bright highlight, so if you wanna glow it will do the trick for sure. If you want to be a rainbow, I’d look at other options.

Be sure to follow my Instagram if you’re into this blog. Because, what I lack in keeping up with blogging, I make up for in posting makeup and dog and cat photos on Instagram.
LOOK AT MY BABIES:

So yeah. If I don’t post before then (which I probably won’t let’s be real, I’m the worst) have a safe and happy holiday!

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♥J

Updated Brush Washing Routine

A couple years back I discovered the best way to wash my makeup brushes so I started getting into the habit of cleaning them on a regular basis. Since then, I’ve learned new things and I’ve updated my routine.

Now it’s even easier than before. So I decided to make this post to show you my new and improved routine.

As you can see here, I collect all my brushes that are on deck to be washed in this separate cup so I know which ones I was planning to wash.Brushes-1

First step is to take a little bit of baby shampoo and deposit it into a small dish. Brushes-2I got this plastic one for like 70 cents at Target. Brushes-3I have baby shampoo because it’s gentle for washing synthetic wigs and hair extensions, so I figure it would be just fine for synthetic brushes as well. (All of mine are cheap, synthetic brushes, I don’t buy anything expensive when it comes to makeup) I find that baby shampoo is much milder on the brushes and still gets them clean, so I no longer need to use a dish soap and olive oil.

Then, I wet the brush of choice and dip it into the dish.Brushes-4Brushes-5

Next, I take this super nifty brush egg and use it to scrub the dirt and makeup off. This thing is so cool. KathleenLights  mentioned this thing in her brush washing routine and I can’t believe how awesome it is. I got it on Amazon for less than a dollar, although I think it’s gone up since then. But even still, a couple of bucks for something so useful. It’s like a little wash board for your brush. It really helps get a nice deep clean very quickly.

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Obviously I can’t do this one-handed. I was shooting this by myself so I had to take it like this.

Then, I rinse them off. Here’s the really helpful thing about this brush egg: I had a lot of trouble with not rinsing some of my brushes properly. I’ll come back to check on them in a few hours and realize I’ve left a lot of suds on there. And this really helps with that because you can keep scrubbing under the running water until it comes back with no suds. Then you know it’s finally rinsed! Brushes-7

When they’re all done I put these brush guards over them, leaving a couple inches of room so they can be dried upside down in the cup. I got mine at Icing in the mall, but I see they’re also on Amazon, so I’d suggest getting them from there. Icing always overcharges for stuff.Brushes-9

So I leave them upside down for awhile and I check on them later. If they’re pretty dry I’ll put them back with the others!Brushes-10

Since changing my routine, I’ve saved a lot of time and therefore have started cleaning them as often as I should and I’ve cut down on wasting paper plates, red solo cups, paper towels, and olive oil. And all the things I use can be stored together very neatly. Brushes-12

How often do you wash your brushes? What brush cleaning technique changed your routine?

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♥J

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Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Lip Color Review + Swatches

Alright, I don’t think I’ve done anything like this on my blog but I’ve been getting a little more into lip products so I thought I’d talk about a recent discovery here.

As I was wandering around CVS one day, picking up a last minute wedding card (last minute, story of my life) I came across the Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Lip Color. The lipsticks I use are by Wet n Wild and I’ve always thought they were just okay. I mean, they were good for being 99 cents, but they really didn’t last long. Especially for me, since I have a bad habit of rubbing my lips together and biting them a lot. For that reason, I don’t really wear lipstick all that much anyway.  But I saw these and remembered hearing pretty good things about them. And they were on sale. So I grabbed a couple. Apparently they’re not really found anywhere other than CVS, at least not as far as I’ve been able to tell. Since I don’t really frequent CVS, that’s probably why I’ve never seen them before.

I am obsessed. I’m sure that there’s better ones out there but those were the ones I wanted to try since the price point is phenomenal. And I love them! I now have six shades so those are the ones I’m going to talk about. I went with a pretty decent range of colors, so I don’t necessarily see the need to get any more just yet, but who knows. It’s not like they’re terribly expensive. But these are the ones I have right now so they’re the ones I’ll swatch and talk about.

First off, let me just talk about them as a group. The application is just like a lip gloss, which might turn most people away but I like it. It actually gives me more control. It feels really glossy at first but it dries pretty quickly and then it looks beautiful! The only problem I’ve had so far is when you try to touch them up they can get kind of clumpy. You really have to work it out and be careful.  Other than that, they last a long time without having to touch them up, and they don’t smudge off. I was super excited when I gave Grizz a big kiss on the cheek and it didn’t rub off!

So next, the shades.

First up is “Raisin the Roof.” Megalast-2

This one is my darkest shade and it has a slight shimmer to it. It looks like a dark red in the tube, but I guess by the title it’s supposed to be like a raisin color, so maybe a dark purple? That’s not really what it looks like to me when I wear it, but it does show through in the swatch.  I really like this one. I was going for a rock star look last weekend so I paired it with a deep smokey eye and it looked stunning!

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The next one is “Cherry on Top”Megalast-4

and as you could probably guess, it’s a bright cherry red. It’s definitely one that’s only good with specific looks, but it’s really pretty.Megalast-5

Next, I got “Red My Mind”Megalast-6

because I really love to do a very natural face with a classic red lip once in awhile.  Something about it looks really fresh and classic. There’s nothing much to say about this shade other than it’s perfect for that. The swatches of “Cherry on Top” and “Red My Mind” look pretty similar, but “Cherry on Top” is definitely more vibrant on my lip.  “Red My Mind” just looks way more classic. Megalast-7

Now for my favorite, “Pocketful of Roses.”Megalast-8

This one is just a very nice pink. It’s not a nude or natural sort of pink, it has a little bit of a pop but it’s still super subtle. I actually ended up wearing this one to the wedding I was talking about. And for most makeup looks, I find myself reaching for that one the most because it’s just so perfect for almost everything.Megalast-9

Okay, so on to “Click on My Hyperpink”Megalast-10

This is a really bold pink, really bold. I think it’s just something nice to have in the collection in case you want a bold look. The swatch and the tube color remind me of “Pink Ice” from their dollar collection which was my favorite shade from there, but when I wear it on my lip it is WAY more bold. I’ll probably save this for a super specific occasion, it’s honestly a bit much.

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This one is “Pink Perfection”Megalast-12

and it’s a very nude pink. It’s very, very sheer and has a nice shimmer to it. I really like this when I want a bold eye look so I don’t want my lips to be doing too much. This is definitely something that can be used for a nice every day look as well.Megalast-13

All in all, I find these to be wonderful for the price point, which I believe was around $3 a tube, maybe less. They were buy 2 get 1 free at CVS when I first picked them up which really made them worth it for me. I think some shades are a little harder to work with than others, so I will say to watch out for that. Like, when I was saying they can get kind of clumpy when you reapply, I feel that was more true for “Pink Perfection” and “Click On My Hyperpink” than the others. I’m not sure why that is. I feel that may be a dealbreaker for some people but it didn’t really bother me, it just meant I had to take an extra second to make sure I smooth it out nicely. So, despite all that, this was actually a game changer in my makeup routine because it really made me want to actually wear lip color!

Do you have these Megalast Liquid Lipsticks? What’s your favorite shade? What’s one makeup item that completely changed the game for you?

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♥J

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Random Faves Feb 2016

I did say I would do a random favorites post whenever I accumulated enough products to actually do one. It’s been almost a year since my last one, but I finally got enough to talk about. Some of these are pretty new and some aren’t at all but it’s the first time I’ve tried them. Some of these in fact, I’ve gotten very recently.

Likes

L’oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator – I think this came out pretty recently, actually. I’m not 100% sure.  I love this as a highlight! I use a stipple brush to swirl all the colors around then apply it to my cheekbones and it’s perfect for me. The one I got was Rose and I think it’s amazing. I will say it’s easy to go overboard as it does have quite a bit of shimmer to it, so use it carefully or you’ll have glitterface.

Wet n Wild Photofocus Setting Spray – This was a case where packaging got to me. It’s called Photo Focus and it has this cute little camera design on the lid. Call me crazy for buying it just for that… but oh well. I like it though! It helps me keep my makeup on all day. I’ve never used a setting spray before this one, so I assume that’s what it’s supposed to do haha.

 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – I know this one is so not new. Everyone and their mom has it, loves it, lives it. But Tiffles recently gifted this to me and I can’t figure out how I lived without it. This makes a difference. There was a time I didn’t use primers and then I started to but it wasn’t until I used this one that I realized what a difference it makes. I’m a little afraid of it being a gateway to more high end make-up. I simply can’t afford to always buy the high end stuff, even with how well I stretch everything out. But this might be the product I do splurge on. I’m waiting to see how long one tube lasts me. I try to use it for when I’m going out as opposed to my every day looks so I don’t go through it too quickly.

Dislikes

Almay Smart Shade Correcting Primer – Ok, it’s not that I dislike this. I’ve never used a face primer before this one so I guess I’m not entirely sure what they’re for. I would guess that like eye primers it helps everything glide on smoother and last longer. It does that well just fine. The gimmick is that it is made of lavender and green to help neutralize your skin tone so it’s supposed to help with redness and under eye bags. At first I really regretted this purchase because when I put it on my skin looked even more red so I thought I was having an allergic reaction. My skin is super sensitive so I’ve always been careful about that sort of thing, and because of that I was actually kind of apprehensive about buying a primer. The problem went away and hasn’t happened again. I find that when paired with foundation and concealer it does neutralize alright, but I feel like there’s probably better primers out there. The smell is weird and it feels a little gritty. It works though.
So it’s not like I hate it, I just don’t know if I’d buy it again without looking at other primers first.

e.l.f. Eye Primer and Liner Sealer – So this one is a two in one sort of deal. It comes with an eye primer stick on one end and this little marker looking thing on the other end. That part is supposed to be for if you use an eyeshadow to line your eye, it gives you deeper look as if were really an eyeliner. I don’t know if I’m doing it wrong, I’ve tried it a couple different ways and I’ve still concluded that that part is garbage. The sealer gets everywhere and makes a mess for one thing. If you try to use it by dipping the applicator directly into the eyeshadow it does nothing. But if you try to draw the eyeliner on first then go over it with the sealer, it rubs your make-up off! I hate it, so I never use it. And the primer is just okay. I bought it because I didn’t see the kind they have that comes with a wand and I had run out. I miss that one, so hopefully it’s not gone from my stores. If I do find that one, I won’t be repurchasing this one.

Rusk Sensories Calm Shampoo and Conditioner – I am soooooo bummed about this one. Usually I love Rusk products! I had high hopes for this one, but it did not deliver. It smells bad, it’s super thin and liquidy, and it doesn’t do anything beneficial to my hair. I can’t wait til I run out.

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e.l.f. Total Face Brush – So, I’m not sure what happened here, but I think e.l.f. may have changed this brush? Either that or I bought the wrong one accidentally. But I had gotten a huge set of e.l.f. brushes and this big fluffy brush was included. Since they are cheaper brushes they started to break recently. A couple of them the hand just broke off the brush part and all it took was some super glue to fix. But in the case of this one, I think the glue holding the bristles together started to separate. It started shedding more and more and then there would be weird little chunks of glue coming out. It lasted me a few years so I had no problem getting a new one. But I think they may have changed it. I had mixed feelings about it. It’s way softer, which I love. But then I started to feel that it wasn’t picking up as much product as the other one did. When I did use some powder with foundation applied first it was then I realized that wasn’t the case. I was getting similar coverage with less cakeyness . So, I’m super glad for the change!

Maybelline The Rock Nudes – I did a full review of this. If you didn’t catch it, check it out here.

Wish List

 

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Matrix (I think they may be re-packaging this, I couldn’t find the picture on their website. The image is from amazon but the link is to the closest thing I could find to it.

Matrix Total Results Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner – When I bought my Rusk ones, my mom bought this set. When I stayed at my parents’ place to dogsit while they were on vacation, I ended up trying this. Wow. Way better. My hair felt so soft and healthy after using it. This will definitely be the set I buy next.

Wet n Wild Pink Brushes – Where in the heck can I find these besides their website? Oops, I didn’t pull a picture. But if you look at my Instagram widget on the side you can see where I re-grammed it. But seriously though. I saw that a lot of people are getting those from Walgreens and I have not been able to find them.
Why?? They’re so pretty and super cheap and I’ve heard great things about them!!

That’s all I have for now. Maybe there will be more next year.
What products have you been loving? Anything you want to try? Where the heck are those brushes?

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♥J

P.S. I’m putting off my wig collection post. It’s totally gonna happen, I’m not deciding not to do it. It’s just more likely to happen next month as opposed to next week, ya know what I mean? There’s a couple of other projects I need to tend to first.

Maybelline: The Rock Nudes

So, this is the first time ever that I’ve snagged something new. I don’t really follow that much makeup, meaning I never really wait til something comes out and buy it right away. But I saw this was coming out on Instagram and since it was a drugstore product, I knew I could treat myself a little bit. And I knew I would really like it, because I have something in the same line already.
It’s the Maybelline “The Rock Nudes” eyeshadow palette. You remember when I talked about The Brights?

All of the things I said about The Brights still ring true for this one.  The color pay-off is great, even better with a good primer. The colors are absolutely perfect. As I mention in the other review, I like to wear nude colors for work because it feels more natural and just gives me that nice awake look. It’s not that I didn’t have nude colors in my collection, it’s actually the shimmery blue and shimmery silver that drew me to this palette. I wanted it to create a smokey NYE look. I couldn’t find it in time for that, but I know I can use it for other things. But as for the rest, I can always use more nudes since I use them every day, more often than not really, and this really bumps up the different looks I can create!

So, it was definitely worth the chase. I know, it’s a little silly that I consider something like this splurgy, but my makeup budget is quite small.  If nude/neutral is your thing I would definitely recommend it!

I know it’s not that in-depth but hopefully that’s helpful if you were mulling it over. ^_^

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♥J

P.S.

As for general blogging, I will still be putting together my wig collection like I’ve been promising. I just picked up P!nk’s CD “The Truth About Love” so I may do a Tune Talk again soon. And the “secret” thing is still pretty complicated so it may be awhile before it’s a thing, but I will talk about it as soon as I can.
My winter break is over so work starts back up for me tomorrow, so blogging will go back to being sporadic again. But I resolved to be better about that this year so I will try to post something new at least every two weeks.